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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 02.07.14: Step Brothers, Dag Savage, Dilla Day, Hip Hop, Chess and The Psychology of The Battle

Posted by Billyjam, February 7, 2014 08:08am | Post a Comment
       

Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five for Week Ending February 7th 2014


1)
The Step Brothers Lord Steppington (Rhymesayers  Entertainment)

2) Dag Savage E&J (Dirty Science)

3)
Blu & Exile Below The Heavens  (Sound In Color)

4) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)

5) Kayne West Yeezus (Def Jam)

Music History Monday: September 30

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 30, 2013 11:55am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: September 30, 1943 - Singer and television host Marilyn McCoo (born in Jersey City, NJ). Happy 70th birthday to this very lovely and talented lady. ♥ you, Marilyn!
 


Born on this day: September 30, 1954 - Singer, songwriter, and musician extraordinaire Patrice Rushen (born Patrice Louise Rushen in Los Angeles, CA). Happy 59th birthday, Patrice! We love you, Baby Fingers!
 


On this day in music history: September 30, 1963Heat Wave, the second album by Martha & The Vandellas is released. Produced by Holland - Dozier - Holland and William "Mickey" Stevenson, it is recorded at Motown Studio A in Detroit from early - mid 1963. The album features the title track "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave" (the groups' then current hit single), which is also their first Top 10 pop hit (#1 R&B, #4 Pop). The single will also earn a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1964, making Martha & The Vandellas the first Motown act to be nominated for a Grammy Award. Much of the album includes several cover versions of recent hits including "If I Had A Hammer," "Then He Kissed Me," and "Mockingbird." It will also be the last album to feature original member Annette Beard, who will be replaced by Betty Kelly. Heat Wave will peak at #125 on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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On the 9th Day of *J-Pop* Christmas: Foxxi misQ puts new gloss on a Wham holiday favorite

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 18, 2011 12:00am | Post a Comment
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Back again with the next sassy addition to the 12 Days of J-Pop Christmas list! First off, let me just say I'm not gonna lie. I've never heard of sexy Japanese hip-hop trio Foxxi misQ, also known as "FQ" - apparently their name comes from the words "Foxy!" and "misc", short for "miscellaneous" which I guess makes perfect sense. Anyhoo, these ladies got it together, in a Destiny's Child kinda way, to stomp out a Christmas jam à la Wham or, shall we say, in the style of  Exile - J-Pop's all-male 14-member super group that made the Japanese version of "Last Christmas" oh so very popular. Check out the street sauce 'n' lip gloss video below and feel free to mash it up with Exile's smooth-as cover.

Exile - "Last Christmas"


On the 9th Day of Christmas: Foxxi misQ - "Last Christmas"

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 10.28.11: Evidence, People Under The Stairs, Murs, Exile, Freestyle Fellowship & more

Posted by Billyjam, October 28, 2011 07:40am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 10:28:11

 

1) Evidence Cats & Dogs (Rhymesayers Ent.)

2) Murs Love & Rockets Vol. 1: The Transformation (DD172)

3) People Under The Stairs Highlighter (Piecelock 70)

4) Exile 4 Trk Mind (Soulspazam/Fat Beats)

5) Freestyle Fellowship The Promise (Decon)

Thanks to Ray Ricky Rivera at the Hollywood Amoeba store for this week's hip-hop top five chart which, you will notice upon closer examination, features exclusively acts from the SoCal store's surrounding area. As Rivera has told me in the past LA area customers have traditionally been highly supportive of their homegrown hip-hop talent. This week those talents include the LA producer/emcee Evidence who first came to fame as part of Dilated Peoples and who recently connected with the respected Mid West Rhymesayers Entertainment label who have released his highly recommended new  Cats & Dogs album.  LA's Murs, the Living Legends star who for a time lived in the Bay Area, is getting positive feedback all over for his latest release - a collab with Ski Beatz, Love & Rockets Vol. 1: The Transformation including down in New Orleans where, just before the album's October 11th release date, he did a unique promo for the new release on DD172 as seen in video clip below.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 08:13:10: Bun B, Exile, Trek Life, Messy Marv, Jay Z, PE, Doug E Fresh, Rappin 4-Tay, 2Pac, Boots Riley + More

Posted by Billyjam, August 13, 2010 08:08am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 08:13:10

Exile
1) Exile Am/Fm (Traffic)

2) Bun B Trill O.G. (Rap A Lot)

3) Slum Village Villa Manifesto (E1 Entertainment)

4) Trek Life Everything Changed Nothing (Mello Music)

5) Messy Marv Thizz City (SMC)

In continuing the theme of his wonderful solo release from last year, Radio, Exile delivers this week's number one album at Amoeba, the brand new AM/FM, which is actually culled from that 2009 release. By reworking and remixing elements of Radio the talented Los Angeles producer born Aleksander Manfredi, who many came to know as one half of the emcee/producer duo of Blu & Exile, has crafted a whole new twenty one track album. In fact some of the tracks on AM/FM sound completely new with nary a trace of the earlier album's sound to them. And while Radio was more of an instrumental album (with the occasional vocal sample off the radio) showcasing Exile's studio chops with little other distraction, AM/FM shines more light on the mic wreckers. These include many of his compadres such as Blu (check out a track featuring Blu, "Love Line," below), Alchemist, The Grouch & Eligh, Evidence, and Aloe Blacc (with whom he formed his first group, Emanon). Standout tracks include the the Shafiq Husayn remix of "It's Coming Down," "Mega Mix" featuring Fashawn, Big Tone, and ADaD, and the DJ Day remix of "In Love." In addition to AM/FM, I would recommend tracking down both Radio and Exile's 2006 album Dirty Science.  

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